Bronze Shiva Jnana Dakshinamurti
Daskhinamurti (One Who is Facing South) is one ascetic aspect of Shiva, from Southern India. God, richly adorned, with four arms, is represented seated on Himalayan boulder, at the foot of a banyan tree. His left hands hold fire and a book, while one of his right hands carry the damaru drum, the other making the gesture of teaching (vitarka mudrā). His right leg is pending while the left is folded over the right thigh. The latter not being of the yogic mudras, rather the form of Shiva Jnana Dakshinamurti. His headdress deployed (jatā) forms a halo around his head. Below the god is the gnome, Apasmara, personifying darkness, human ignorance. And seated around him are five wise Rishi with clasped hands in the salutation gesture (anjali mudrā).
Southern India, 19th Century
Height: 15 cm (6 in.) - Width: 7,5 cm (3 in.).